Date Published: 21-Jun-2011
By Denise McNamara
An 8,000-year-old fish-catching spear will be one of the highlights of the most significant natural history exhibition ever hosted in Galway which will mark the opening of the revamped Galway City Museum next week.
Hundreds of artefacts relating to Galway’s prehistoric and medieval past will feature in the collection which is on loan from the National Museum of Ireland.
Objects discovered on archaeological digs throughout the 1980s and 1990s in and around Galway City, as well as some more recent finds uncovered during the building of the M6 motorway.
“A significant event for both the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) and for Galway City Museum”, is how Mary Cahill, assistant keeper with the NMI, has described the loan.
Among the many highlights will be Neolithic (4000-2000BC) polished stone axe heads, Bronze Age Spearheads dating to 1300-1000BC found in the River Corrib during the 1980s and Bronze Age pottery dating back to approximately 2000 – 1800 BC.
The array of stone tools of flint and chert, such as scrapers and blades give a fascinating insight into prehistoric humans and their existence in Galway. Many of the tools would have been used to hunt and skin animals, cut meat and even to do some woodworking. One of the earliest objects on display will be a Mesolithic stone spearhead, which may have been used to catch fish, and dates back to approximately 6000BC.
Galway’s medieval past will also be represented with samples of ceramics from Ireland, England and all over Europe, as well as coinage, wine bottles and drinking glasses.
The medieval collection will draw attention to Galway’s trading past and an age when the so-called Tribes of Galway ruled the waters off the west coast of Ireland.
The artefacts will be on display on the ground floor from the end of next week in new high quality specially built showcases which were purchased with a grant from the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism and are designed to accommodate priceless, sensitive objects which need high regulated temperatures.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.